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oh my good friends, i ve stumbled on a little treasure that is hidden wonder billed as an epic science fiction poem , aniara was the crowning achievment of harry martinson i came across this author, while digging into past nobel prize winners and seeing that martinson along with another member of the swedish academy yeah that s the group that decides who wins the award was given the nobel prize over that years favorites graham greene, vladimir nabokov, and saul bellow bellow eventuall oh my good friends, i ve stumbled on a little treasure that is hidden wonder billed as an epic science fiction poem , aniara was the crowning achievment of harry martinson i came across this author, while digging into past nobel prize winners and seeing that martinson along with another member of the swedish academy yeah that s the group that decides who wins the award was given the nobel prize over that years favorites graham greene, vladimir nabokov, and saul bellow bellow eventually won the award, but by some crime against humanities, nabokov never got one alas, i had to know what the merit was of these two authors that the swedish academy deemeddeserving than a vladimir nabokov i couldn t find much on eyvind johnson the other winner , so i decided to take a shot on this harry martinson of course my interest was piqued when i saw what his epic poem cycle aniara was about a spacecraft, in a post apocolyptic world, gets knocked of track on a flight to mars, and is thus floating into deep space with no chance of returning the plot line alone is packed with several genres, philosophies, and prophecies as you would imagine, my poor library did not own a copy, but had to get one from asu, to lend to me i m about a third of the way through this book, and so far it has lived up to its potential i ll offerthoughts upon completion, but i couldn t wait and had to share this spectacular, and unique work of art.so this is a wonderful, little piece of art that seems sadly overlooked in world literature it is such a unique piece of writing that blends such disparate, genres, ideas, and styles i m not gonna go too far into it for two reasons 1 i m in the middle of re reading it to try and unlock some of the allusions and mythology used in the poem martinson used many different cultures and myths, as well as etymologies from different languages for his neologisms also, 2 i don t wanna spoil it for anyone else who may wanna read it so i ll prob post sothoughts on this, in a month or so I had a great deal of difficulty with this poem The first 29 cantos were wonderful, and I found out after reading that they were originally a standalone piece of poetry The rest of the poem was only added later, and for me the distinction was obvious I was almost entirely lost for most of the rest of the story, only following again for a bit in the end.I m sure part of that is because this is one of my first forays into poetry pretty much ever, and I m not a sci fi reader either This was far I had a great deal of difficulty with this poem The first 29 cantos were wonderful, and I found out after reading that they were originally a standalone piece of poetry The rest of the poem was only added later, and for me the distinction was obvious I was almost entirely lost for most of the rest of the story, only following again for a bit in the end.I m sure part of that is because this is one of my first forays into poetry pretty much ever, and I m not a sci fi reader either This was far out of my comfort zone in every regard But I also read this online in what I believe was an unofficial translation There were numerous spelling errors and inconsistent repetition and rhyming, so part of it could also have been the translation I really have no idea in that regard it could have been fine, but it seemed worth a mention Additionally there were notes at the very end which I didn t know about until I d already finished, and those would have been immensely helpful They explained a lot of the made up words that were scattered throughout.So my rating is a combination of thoroughly enjoyed some parts of the poem, but couldn t follow others at all I think the first 29 cantos would have been four stars for me because I thought they were lovely The language was wonderful and the story itself grabbed me Beyond that, it seemed to lose focus and that s why it took me over a month to get through It was hard to pick up a poem I knew I wasn t understanding appreciating.I think I would reread the first 29 cantos again and stop there, and I would definitely recommend picking this book up if you enjoy science fiction just for that beginning It was worthwhile, and I m glad I pushed myself out of my comfort zone even the work overall wasn t for me they played a game of chess with infinity.I don t know where to start with this review, so I ll just leave that quote up there and say my goal is to learn Swedish so I can get a copy in the original language and read it again In Swedish Did I mention Swedish This poem is amazing. A spaceship hurtles towards a distant constellation, going faster than anything in human history but essentially standing still from a relative point of view.That wasn t the point, of course They were just supposed to be temporarily evacuated to Mars and Venus while Earth recovers All of humanity being shipped out on spaceships each one just making a routine trip, just on a much grander scale Except for the Aniara which gets hit by a meteor shower Her steering gets knocked out, her SOSs A spaceship hurtles towards a distant constellation, going faster than anything in human history but essentially standing still from a relative point of view.That wasn t the point, of course They were just supposed to be temporarily evacuated to Mars and Venus while Earth recovers All of humanity being shipped out on spaceships each one just making a routine trip, just on a much grander scale Except for the Aniara which gets hit by a meteor shower Her steering gets knocked out, her SOSs go unanswered, her AI kills itself after it sees Earth be destroyed in a nuclear holocaust, and the Aniara and her thousands of passengers are sent hurling on a 15,000 year journey towards Vega, with only their memories for company It s staring It s staring cold outside.It sounds like a potentially cheap sci fi movie, it is actually a pretty fucking great sci fi story except told in verse Martinson tells it through the eyes of the AI operator whose job it is to keep the systems running as the years pass, the systems fail, and all the distractions virtual reality and social media yes, in 1957 , religion, sex, music, science, even suicide lose their allure and only the impossible vastness of space remains He switches style from canto to canto, examining different characters, different aspects, different ways of trying to cope with the uncopeable Myself I questioned, but gave no reply.I dreamt myself a life, then lived a lie.I ranged the universe but passed it by For captive on Aniara here was I.This book is 50 years old this year It s lost absolutely none of its power Nobel Prize ProjectYear 1974Winner Harry MartinsonReview This is a lyrical account of a group of people fleeing the destruction of Earth who are hurtled into the reaches outer space and are forced to confront the insignificance of mankind in the grand scheme of the cosmos It s a beautiful, though bleak, book filled with great lines and fine observations If the idea of an science fiction poem that confronts atomic age era fears appeals to you, this is about as good as it can be It s an odd, Nobel Prize ProjectYear 1974Winner Harry MartinsonReview This is a lyrical account of a group of people fleeing the destruction of Earth who are hurtled into the reaches outer space and are forced to confront the insignificance of mankind in the grand scheme of the cosmos It s a beautiful, though bleak, book filled with great lines and fine observations If the idea of an science fiction poem that confronts atomic age era fears appeals to you, this is about as good as it can be It s an odd, thoroughly unique classic though sadly, it is currently out of print and very expensive.My favorite poem of this book is Poem 85 The galaxy swings roundlike a wheel of shimmering smokewhich is the light of stars,or sun haze.For lack of other words, you know,we call it sun haze.I mean just that languages do not sufficeto express everythingcontained in that spectacle.The richest of the languages we know,Xinombric, has some three million words,but the galaxy you are watching nowcontains farthan ninety billion suns.Has any human brain ever mastered all the wordsof the language of Xinombra Not a single one Now do you understand And yet do you Analysis The co win in 1974 of Harry Martinson and Eyvind Johnson was considered controversial at the time, because both were members of the selection committee and both were pretty much unknown writers I assume the fact that Harry Martinson has the most BS Nobel citation of all time didn t hurt either for writings that catch the dewdrop and reflect the cosmos I m sure he won it for someboring poetry, but it makes me happy that the writer of a book such as this won the Nobel, no matter how shady the circumstances This year, it has been 40 years since the Swedish Author Harry Martinson died On February 11, 1978, he took his own life by cutting up his belly with a pair of scissors, a ritual suicide just like harakiri He was at the time admitted to a hospital in Stockholm had been suffering from severe depression for quite a while.But why was he depressed one might ask He was at the prime of his career Only four years earlier he had received the Nobel Prize for literature Well, in this case the Prize This year, it has been 40 years since the Swedish Author Harry Martinson died On February 11, 1978, he took his own life by cutting up his belly with a pair of scissors, a ritual suicide just like harakiri He was at the time admitted to a hospital in Stockholm had been suffering from severe depression for quite a while.But why was he depressed one might ask He was at the prime of his career Only four years earlier he had received the Nobel Prize for literature Well, in this case the Prize was the problem As a member of the Swedish Academy he had awarded himself with the Literature Prize, and for this he was violently critizised by both the newspapers and fellow authors As a result, he fell into a depression.Nothing new under the sun regarding the Swedish Academy, eh Juicy scandals then, juicy scandals today.Today Harry Martinson is mostly remembered for his epic space poem Aniara from 1956 I m usually not very keen on reading poetry, since it s far beyond my horizon But Aniara is something very special, and very beautiful You don t need to be into neither poetry nor science fiction to appreciate it On the contrary, both the verse and the distance in time and space are of utter importance to refine the thoughts The text is divided into 103 songs of pure magic, a universe in a drop of rain.Some time in a far future, the 32 nd World War has made the Earth inhabitable People are evacuated to Venus and Mars 8,000 people are travelling to Mars on the space ship Aniara However the ship is knocked out of course, and heads into deep space with no chance of returning.Life goes on, but people will never be the same Still they try do the same things as before There is a supercomputor for entertainment, a sex cult also for entertainment , religious cults, and of course an evil commander.The whole story is told mainly by the voice of a narrator to the bitter end All that remains for him is to come to terms with his ultimate fate.Light a candle, put on some soft music and embark on the spaceship Aniara to explore the beginning, the final destiny, and everything in between.English online version here the songs start on p 33 online version here if you re not in the mood to read, just listen to this beautiful interpretation of the Blind poetiss song song 49 by the wonderful Helen Sj holm, from a fairly recent musical version An immense spaceship drifts deeper into space, away from an Earth ravaged by nuclear holocaust Wonderfully melancholic and at times painfully tragic, reading Harry Martinson s sci fi poem here in the original Swedish is a great but uneven experience I found the first third or so, as well as the finale, to be the most powerful, while the middle part failed to hold my interest in the same way Some parts are excellent, but at other times the text feels confusing and contrived I m also not cra An immense spaceship drifts deeper into space, away from an Earth ravaged by nuclear holocaust Wonderfully melancholic and at times painfully tragic, reading Harry Martinson s sci fi poem here in the original Swedish is a great but uneven experience I found the first third or so, as well as the finale, to be the most powerful, while the middle part failed to hold my interest in the same way Some parts are excellent, but at other times the text feels confusing and contrived I m also not crazy about Martinson s way of using invented words this is not a principled objection, it just didn t work that well for me here To be fair though, my expectations may have been unreasonably high Overall, I wanted to like Aniarathan I actually did for me, the premise is better than the execution I will probably give it another shot in a year or so, however, as I got the feeling it will improve on a second reading &FREE BOOK ↞ Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem ✗ The great Swedish writer Harry Martinson published his masterpiece, Aniara, during the height of the Cold War right after the Soviet Union announced that it had exploded the hydrogen bomb Aniara is the story of a luxurious space ship, loaded with , evacuees, fleeing an Earth made uninhabitable by Man s technological arrogance A malfunction knocks the craft off course, taking these would be Mars colonists on an irreversible journey into deep space Aniara is a book of prophecy, a panoramic view of humanity s possible fate It has been translated into seven languages and adapted into a popular avant garde opera This volume is the first complete English language version and received the prestigious American Scandinavian Foundation Award La source blanche : L'étonnante histoire des dialogues avec l'Ange Aniara Le sourire à visage humain : Suivi de Citoyen, citoyenneté et Encore plus de plus during the height of the Cold War right after the Soviet Union announced that it had exploded the hydrogen bomb Aniara is the story of a luxurious space ship Soigner les plantes par les huiles essentielles et les huiles végétales loaded with Préparation aux examens de coiffure CAP : Sciences et technologie evacuees Joyeux anniversaire - Livre d'or à écrire - 18 ans - taille M - Violet fleeing an Earth made uninhabitable by Man s technological arrogance A malfunction knocks the craft off course Le Démon et mademoiselle Prym taking these would be Mars colonists on an irreversible journey into deep space Aniara is a book of prophecy ECG en pratique courante : Situation clinique, examen, commentaire a panoramic view of humanity s possible fate It has been translated into seven languages and adapted into a popular avant garde opera This volume is the first complete English language version and received the prestigious American Scandinavian Foundation Award That was how the solar system closedits vaulted gateway of the purest crystaland severed spaceship Aniara s companyfrom all the bonds and pledges of the sun.Thus given over to the shock stiff voidwe spread the call sign Aniara widein glass clear boundlessness, but picked up nothing.Though space vibrations faithfully bore roundour proud Aniara s last communiqu on widening rings, in spheres and cupolasit moved through empty space, thrown away.In anguish sent by us in Aniaraour call sigh faded ti That was how the solar system closedits vaulted gateway of the purest crystaland severed spaceship Aniara s companyfrom all the bonds and pledges of the sun.Thus given over to the shock stiff voidwe spread the call sign Aniara widein glass clear boundlessness, but picked up nothing.Though space vibrations faithfully bore roundour proud Aniara s last communiqu on widening rings, in spheres and cupolasit moved through empty space, thrown away.In anguish sent by us in Aniaraour call sigh faded till it failed Aniara Such is the fate of the spaceship Aniara, as chronicled in Nobel Prize winner Harry Martinson s epic poem After being thrown off course its 8,000 souls are left to live what remains of their lives in a vast spaceship hurtling into the unknown emptiness of space, with no hope of ever returning to Earth.This epic poem is everything a work of science fiction should be, providing a fantastic situation that nevertheless resonates with us, and using that situation to explore mankind Here Martinson chooses as his topic how mankind comes to terms with hopeless, pointlessness, and the inevitability of death Being trapped on Aniara renders life meaningless for all the passengers on board if they make scientific discoveries they can t send them back to Earth so no use will ever come of them, they can write poems and songs but they will be trapped within the confines of the ship, and everyone knows that eventually Aniara will reach its limits on this unending journey and everyone aboard her will die This is a fantastic situation, yes, but is it really so different from our lives The passengers of the spaceship Aniara are making, after all, A lifelong journey onward to an endwhich would have come in any case, and comes The struggle with whether our actions in life have meaning, and the struggle to come to terms with our eventual demise are not challenges that require space travel to be a reality Martinson explores how people deal with these challenges by presenting us with the microcosm of the ship At first the passengers keep the hopelessness of the situation at bay with mima, a filter of truth, with no stains of her own Mima presents the passengers with images of far off planets and with recordings of terrible events happening back on Earth, providing a Plato s cave that people are all too happy to flock to Mima isthan a computer, she s a conscious thing that has desires of her own, and she eventually welcomes death to avoid seeing the horrors of Earth dying behind them With the loss of mima the mirror world she created is lost as well, and thus the passengers turn to religion, whether the old ones of Earth, or factions worshipping the lost mima, or sex cults As the journey gets longer and the ship strikes further into the emptiness of space the religion getsextreme as the hopelessness becomes harder to bear a cult featuring human sacrifice has a surplus of volunteers People retreat into memories of their life before entering the ship, even if the worlds left behind seem hellish The bearers of these memories aren t the usual archetypes found in science fiction but interesting characters in their own right, from a female pilot about whom the narrator notes she wounds you in the way that roses wound , to a blind poetess, with songs so beautiful they lifted usbeyond ourselves, on high to spirit s day She blazoned our confinement gold with fire and sent the heavens to the heart s abode, changing every word from smoke to splendor Despite a few events that rejuvenate the excitement of the passengers there are no long term victories on Aniara Being on the ship forces an acknowledgment of the inevitability of death, strips the passengers of the normal pantheon of reasons life isn t pointless, and the passengers are powerless to invent new reasons that satisfy them even the religious cults are abandoned in time, with only some small symbolic gestures remaining Nihilism conquers this microcosm, as the numbers of insane and suicides multiply Eventually the ship breaks down too severely to be repaired and death comes for all who remain Having read The Death of Ivan Ilyich recently I can say with certainty that I found Aniaraaffecting The events of the poem are hopeless, yes, but the warning rings through clear for all its flaws Earth is a paradise, and mankind, a king with an ashen crown, must maintain it or face the vast emptiness of space.This work essentially won Martinson his Nobel Prize in literature, and despite the controversy the win was well deserved It s a travesty that this work is out of print, and so rare that used copies cost hundreds of dollars It s beautifully written, the characters are usually not drawn with much detail but still manage to be interesting, and the setting it presents is masterfully constructed Best of all, these virtues exist to actually explore ideas worth exploring and to say something worth saying, which you would expect to be commonplace in science fiction but which, sadly, is not Why is this work so little known in the genre of science fiction when far, far lesser works like Heinlein s Stranger in a Strange Land, Clarke s Childhood s End, and Neuromancer by Gibson are not only still widely read, but held up as some of the best works of science fiction to ever be put to paper Aniara is better than any of those works by an order of magnitude, and yet it s been all but forgotten It speaks poorly of the genre s fans, and sadly is justifies some of the lack of respect shown to science fiction Aniara lives up to the potential of science fiction, and you should read it unless you absolutely can t stand that genre.One minor complaint in Aniara Martinson makes up a plethora of words, both used to identify technology and used in normal conversation Especially in the few stanzas that make heavy use of the slang of old Earth I found it just too much I wish he had pulled a Gene Wolfe and only used existing but rare or archaic words, but it s impossible for me to criticize Martinson for this too severely when he effectively addresses this exact point The galaxy swings aroundlike a wheel of lighted smoke,and the smoke is made of stars.It is sunsmoke.For lack of other words we call it sunsmoke,do you see.I don t feel languages are equalto what that vision comprehends.The richest of the languages we know,Xinombric, has three million words,but then the galaxy you re gazing into nowhasthan ninety billion suns.Has there ever been a brain that mastered all the wordsin the Xinombric language Not a one.Now you see.And do not see Still always amazed by the simplicity and freshness of Martinsson s poetry I still find this work to have the same flaws and the same moments of transcendence as when I first read it It remains an extraordinary portrayal of the vastness of space and the terrifying littleness of humanity within it, and of the destruction we bring upon ourselves and our planet It s such a dark book, but it has such perfect clarity of verse.